Murrysville Receives Grant to Aid in Crash Reconstruction

By Paterra, Paul | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 7, 2008 | Go to article overview

Murrysville Receives Grant to Aid in Crash Reconstruction


Paterra, Paul, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Murrysville's police department is looking to acquire equipment to aid in accident reconstruction.

Council voted Wednesday to accept a $6,011 state grant from Sen. Don White, R-Indiana, which will be used for the purchase of fatal- accident reconstruction equipment.

"It gives the reconstructionist more opportunity to do a very thorough and complete accident reconstruction," said Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld.

Murrysville police would receive the Vetronix Crash Data Retrieval System and the Vericom 3000 Brake Test Computer.

The Crash Data Retrieval System collects information stored on the air bag sensing and diagnostic module, interprets relevant portions and presents it in easy-to-understand formats. Information is presented such as vehicle speed, engine RPM, throttle and brake data in one-second increments for the 5 seconds preceding the crash.

In some cases, the system shows the change in velocity immediately after the impact. Other features in some air bag modules include seat belt usage, status of the Malfunction Indicator Light on the dashboard and whether or not the passenger's air bag was disabled.

The Vericom 3000 determines the friction of the roadway and the braking performance of the vehicles in order to determine braking applications during the course of an accident.

"We get information from the vehicle that helps to reconstruct the accident," Seefeld said. "It helps to make some conclusions about the speed and nature of the accident. …

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